September 1, 2012

Public Art: Cultural Projects Bring Drama to Every Street and Avenue

Cultural projects bring drama to every street and avenue:

Firm: H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

Project: Claire Tow Theater, Upper West Side.

Standout: Aluminum louvers screen this rehearsal and performance venue on top of Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, built by one of Hugh Hardy’s first employers, Eero Saarinen & Associates.

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/Esto.

Work Architecture Company

Project: Children’s Museum of the Arts, Hudson Square. 

Standout: Both the play and the service areas at this relocated and expanded museum span the colors of the rainbow, inviting exploration and fun.

Photography: Ari Marcopoulos.

Firm: Hollwich Kushner

Project: Wendy, Long Island City.

Standout: The spiky form of the latest winner to emerge from MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program was covered in PVC mesh treated with a nanoparticle spray that neutralized air pollution.
Photography: Michael Moran/Otto.

Firm: Andrew Berman Architect

Project:MoMA PS1 entry pavilion, Long Island City.;

Standout: Rows of cast-glass plugs, 1 inch in diameter, animate this monolithic concrete structure in front of the museum’s main building, a 1905 brick high school.

Photography: Michael Moran/Otto.

Firm: Rice + Lipka Architects

Project: Hamilton Grange Library teen center, Hamilton Heights.

Standout: At a New York Public Library branch by McKim, Mead & White, bamboo seating imitates school bleachers to encourage collaborative study. 
Photography: Michael Moran/Otto.

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